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Portrait of a Woman

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Although best known for his narrative pictures of contemporary life, Gerard ter Borch was a master at painting small, exquisite portraits. Not only the size of this painting but also the placement of the subject within it, low and off-center against an empty background, give this unidentified...

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Karl Eduard von Liphart (b. 1808 - d. 1891), Dorpat (Estonia), Bonn, and Florence. Frederick Bayley Pratt (b. 1865 - d. 1945), Glen Cove, Long Island; to his estate [see note 1]. 1947, J. H. Philbin, New York; 1947, sold by Philbin to Knoedler and Co., New York; 1947, sold by Knoedler to the MFA for $6000. (Accession Date: April 10, 1947) NOTES: [1] According to information provided by Knoedler at the time of the acquisition, this painting came from the estate of Frederick Bayley Pratt. Whether J. H. Philbin, who sold the work to Knoedler, repesented the Pratt estate is not known.

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M. Theresa B. Hopkins Fund

about 1670


46.4 x 38.1 cm (18 1/4 x 15 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas